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#448 of 490 Toyota refuses to comply with 2003 LATCH regulations...
Jul 09, 2006 (9:56 pm)
Dissappointed with Toyota's refusal to comply in 2003...and fighting it thru the 2006 model year.
WASHINGTON — Toyota Motor Corp. will spend millions to deactivate front-seat passenger air bag cut-off switches in nearly 160,000 Tundra pickups to avoid having to install a costlier child safety seat anchoring system.
The Japanese automaker is taking the action after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last week on June 28 rejected Toyota's petition to waive a federal safety regulation that requires most vehicles built after September 2002 and equipped with the cut-off switch to also have a child seat anchor system known as LATCH — for lower anchorages and tethers for children.
The regulation was meant to ensure that child seats stay in place in a crash, especially in vehicles with smaller rear-seating, such as pickups.
At the time the regulation was adopted, 600 children under the age of 5 were killed every year in auto crashes and another 70,000 were injured.
Children are at high risk of death or injury from airbags that deploy. That's why child seats aren't allowed in front seats that don't have an airbag cut-off switch, which activates the airbag only if it senses an adult is in the passenger seat.
Deactivating the switch means the air bag will always deploy, making it unsafe to ever put a child in the front seat.
Toyota will voluntarily recall the pickups, beginning in mid-September, after completing engineering of the parts to deactivate the air bag cut-off switch, spokesman Bill Kwong said Friday.
"We always recommend that child seats are used in the rear as children are safest there," Kwong said. Owners will get notice of the recall in September, he said.
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety said Toyota shouldn't be allowed to simply deactivate the switches. Toyota's failure to provide the latches "is not merely an incidental statistical artifact but a clear and present danger to the children who ride in child restraints in the front passenger seats of those vehicles," said Henry Jasny, general counsel for the Washington-based group.
Kwong said there may have been some engineering issues that make it impractical to add the latches rather than deactivate the airbag cut-off switch.
He said the exact cost of the recall isn't known — only that the fix is expected to require two hours of labor.
At more than $100 for labor, it could cost more than $16 million if all vehicles are serviced, he said. It isn't known what the parts will cost since they are still being designed, he said.
In its ruling, NHTSA took no position on whether Toyota could comply by simply deactivating the switches.
Kwong said beginning in the 2006 model year, Toyota deactivated its front passenger air bag cut-off switch to satisfy the regulations.
In June 2005, Toyota acknowledged that 156,555 Toyota Tundras from the 2003-05 model years didn't comply with the child seat anchor safety regulation.
The automaker asked NHTSA to waive the regulation and spent more than a year trying to convince the agency it wasn't required to install child-seat anchoring systems.
Toyota lost the debate last week, when NHTSA rejected the company's final appeal.
Toyota noted that it hadn't received any customer complaints and that there were no injuries reported as a result of the lack of the anchoring system in the front seats of the trucks. Tundras have compliant child safety latches in rear seats.
"However, the fact does not render the absence of the anchorages in the front seats inconsequential," NHTSA chief Nicole Nason said in a June 28 notice published June 28.
Small children's safety "depends on proper installation of the child-restraint systems in which they ride."
NHTSA also noted that parents with vehicles built before 2002 who mistakenly believed their vehicles complied with the regulation have "used seatbelt latch plates, drilled holes through the nylon webbing of the seatbelt" in an effort to use the front seat.
Frightening that they could get away with that just to save some coin. No wonder they make more money than the other automakers (who complied in 2003!)
#449 of 490 Adding automatic transmission fluid
Jul 12, 2006 (3:48 pm)
How do I add ATF to my 2006 base model tundra; 4.0 2WD AUTO TRANS
#450 of 490 toyota tundra steering wheel shimmy
Aug 01, 2006 (2:53 pm)
I've a 2000 4WD Limited and have had all the recall brake issues done (I've got hard copies of TSB's if you need) and just turned 49K on OE tires. I started to notice "mild" steering wheel shimmy 58-65 MPH on various types of Interstates, asphalt, cement, etc. Put on new Geolanders, had front end alligned, still shimmied. Had alignment checked, tires "road force balanced", one tire replaced, and shimmy was reduced but still there. Could this be a ball joint problem? Or what? Anyone with this experience?
#451 of 490 toyota tundra remote door lock "chirp" device
Aug 01, 2006 (2:57 pm)
I just lost the "chirp" which follows locking/unlocking doors with the remote. It's probably wired into the headlamp circuit since the lights still flash, but the sound is gone. Anyone know where the Piezo is located? I can't find it and dealer manuals don't seem to show it.
#452 of 490 Re: toyota tundra remote door lock "chirp" device [2000limited]
Aug 01, 2006 (11:19 pm)
Have you tried the procedure in the manual? There's a procedure to turn the chirp on or off.
#453 of 490 Re: toyota tundra remote door lock "chirp" device [kkirk]
Aug 02, 2006 (8:39 am)
Thanks, yes, I've tried to program with remote many times to no avail. It's the device under the hood
#454 of 490 Re: TUNDRA / REAR SHOCK SQUEAKS!!!! [maxtorque]
Aug 03, 2006 (10:58 am)
I bought an 05 tundra crew cab in march 05 and the beast has been nothing but problems. My current dilemna is a squeak coming from the back end over uneven roads. Dealer tells me it is a body flex noise and only way to repair is to remove spray in bed liner to access bolts. Dealer unwilling to reimbure to fix bed liner (Not Cheap) as though I planned for this to happen thus it is my fault and I am responsible for the cost to repair the damage their techs cause. Is there any help out there to advocate on my behalf or any other suggestions for what the noise may be. Gaskets already replaced on the back end shocks as well as all moving parts well greased.
#455 of 490 Re: 2006 Tundra oil filter location [kholley]
Aug 04, 2006 (8:11 am)
Your filter is located on the driver's side front part of the engine and attaches to the oil cooler. You will have to drop the under engine cover to access. I installed a remote filter location system using AN fittings and mounted it under the fender well and towards the front bumper. Works great so I do not have to drop the cover anymore, plus now instead of 6.5 qts and have an 8 qt capacity along with a large filter for better filtration. Hope this helps
#456 of 490 Re: 2005 Tundra Transmission Problems [lincstar]
Aug 04, 2006 (10:01 am)
I have a 2005 Tundra Crew Cab 4WD , I have 20k miles on my truck. It has been doing the same thing. The first time it did it, I had pulled up to a red light and had come to a complete stop within a few seconds THUMP, I thought I had been rear ended, but there was no one behind me. I carried it back to the dealership and they could not find anything wrong, they said to keep an eye on it and it was logged in the system so if later, it got worse they would have a record. It has done this the whole time I have had this truck. Recently, I am getting a weird Thumpy feeling from the truck when I back up. It is due for its 20K check-up so maybe it will do it again for the Service dept. My gas milage has also declined I filled up today and only got 12.6 mpg. city/highway driving. So they had better figure it out.
I'll keep you informed.
#457 of 490 Re: TUNDRA / REAR SHOCK SQUEAKS!!!! [dragonfly_fire]
Aug 11, 2006 (7:25 am)
I had the same problem my 2004 DC; there is a TSB for rear shock sqeaks-dealer should know!!; look back in this site around May/June 2004- there are more than one references to the Chirp/Sqeak; TSB solved my problem after 2 visits; You'll love there reasons and 1st soultions for my problem. Good luck.